The massive interest in veganism over the last few years and the subsequent increase in people switching to a vegan diet has had cities around the world warm to the idea of vegan restaurants. The limited views of veganism, including the age-old ‘what on Earth do they eat?’ has given way to more profound ideas surrounding the myth. Many feel that the Earth has an astounding amount of beautiful and healthy natural produce, and as a result we can afford to leave animals alone and feed our bodies and mind with the good stuff. It’s a beautiful notion, and so for obvious reasons LA hit the hype first – with London following not so far behind. These restaurants and their foods will put the nay-sayers to shame, serving up healthy, hearty and delicious dishes that will bring you more understanding as to why the whole world is going vegan. Check out our top ten vegan restaurants in London.
Wild Food Café
Wild Food Café will make you rethink your relationship with food and leave you in sheer awe at the tasty, creative and beautiful things you can do with plants. The communal seating and open kitchen make you feel part of a wonderfully open community, enjoying the atmosphere and also bewildered that a raw chocolate tart can be healthy and so good. The food is light, fresh and so delightfully colourful.
14 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP
Mildreds turned a Soho sex club into their new home back in 1988, and with it also transformed how people viewed and cooked vegetarian food. After gaining much popularity and overfilling the space, they moved into larger premises and today have further sites in Camden and Kings Cross. The menu is divine, but we recommend the Sri Lankan sweet potato curry in particular with an organic Sicilian red wine.
222 Veggie Vegan
We love not only the simplicity of 222 Veggie Vegan, but also the range of offerings from salads to burgers, stroganoff and risotto using fresh, organic produce. There is no deep-frying or microwaving, and all food is low in fat and salt. It’s a firm favourite with a plethora of repeat customers, and they also cater to the ‘raw’ fans – with a handful of ‘raw’ options for those who wish to try out this new food phenomenon.
222 North End Road, W14 9NU
Incredibly, Manna got on the hype long before most other restaurants in London, and has led the way in vegan eating for 50 years. They started as a vegetarian restaurant and now operate as a vegan one, and so needless to say you don’t need to think twice about their capabilities. They also offer catering services, cooking classes and even personal consultations and advice.
4 Erskine Road, NW3 3AJ
This is what many vegans (OK, all vegans) have been waiting for – Ms. Cupcake is London’s first vegan bakery and they have many thankful customers enjoying their range of vegan treats. You can pick from chocolates, sweets, snacks, cupcakes, cookies, milkshakes and plenty more. In store you can also pick up their cookbook for some vegan inspiration and they also hold full day masterclasses for major enthusiasts.
408 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF
The Far East has always been at the forefront of the natural eating movement and placed huge value on the medicinal benefits to not only our bodies, but also our consciousness and our everyday lives. Dishes at Itadaki Zen are carefully designed to incorporate grains, vegetables and seaweeds as well as rice, soybeans and other goodies – which contribute to a healthy and strong body. It’s our favourite place for mindful eating.
139 King’s Cross Road, WC1X 9BJ
Eating raw is widely known to be the healthiest of diets. It comes without any added nasties, but equally important is that it retains all its goodness as it avoids the cooking process; it’s the closest thing to nature and eating naturally. With options including lasagne and yellow coconut curry, it’s amazing to see Nama Foods serve traditionally cooked dishes in their raw, dissected form. Be sure to check out their breakfast and brunch menus too.
110 Talbot Road, W11 1JR
These guys do not believe in strictly advertising themselves as ‘vegan’ – instead they want to be remembered and known for simply serving awesome food, and that’s exactly what they do. Club Mexicana infuse the food with major flavour as expected, and there’s a lot of ingredients you wont see in other vegan restaurants likes jackfruit, chipotle chilli and churros cookies. Yes, vegan churros cookies. Further sites are in Camden and Canada Water.
428 Kingsland Road E8 4AA
Before we even get to the food, can we just take a moment to appreciate the website. Never has there been a more warm and friendly welcome than this purple hippo. Vegan Hippo aims to attract not only vegans, but also vegetarians and meat eaters too, as they hope to change many minds and the many myths surrounding the vegan diet with their delicious food. Be sure to also check out their blog, which keeps you informed of all things vegan and animal friendly.
52 Rupert Street, W1D 6DS
Raw food is a religion unto itself (certainly that’s what Rawligion believe, and they could be right). Once again joining the increasing trend of raw, vegan food we’ve included this cute café for their amazing food and smoothies, but also in support of its founder John Tabathabai. At just 25 years of age John woke up to find that half his face was immobile. He overhauled his diet and began a raw food approach in order to improve his lifestyle. Now cured, he aims to make raw and vegan food approachable and accessible to all.
3 Tottenham Street, W1T 2AF
Written by Nikki